Whoever had the job of assinging the Latin name to the corncrake was having an inspired day. “CREX CREX” is what it’s called, and exactly what it says. Sounds almost like a croak, or a pen drawn across a comb. I have been hearing them across North Uist, here and there, but not seen any. I am unlikely to it seems, as they are very shy and hide in long vegetation.
So here is a postcard of one